|Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006 - 08:02 am: ||
MICHAEL BURWICK, FORMER MCKINNEY STAFFER: John, after nine years it was that tape and watching Coz Carson on your show the other night that prompted me to come forward.
I went into Cynthia McKinney's office, a young, idealistic lawyer, committed to civil rights, committed to the Voting Rights Act, and quite frankly, we enjoyed a good relationship. We put on some wonderful presentations on the Voting Rights Act, the sunset provision, reauthorization.
HANNITY: But Michael, we don't have a lot of time. We've got to get to the bottom line here.
BURWICK: You got it, Sean. Bottom line is I did great work for her. She was thrilled. Drove her back and forth to the office. We had a wonderful relationship.
Came the Jewish holidays, the High Holidays, I revealed that I needed to take a day off to celebrate Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. The next day I came back and I was told that my position was defunded.
HANNITY: Are you going to sue her, and did you hear similar anti-Semitic remarks as we just heard while you worked in that office?
BURWICK: On the first question, Sean, no, I'm not going to sue her. First of all, I wasn't privy to the decision-making process. And as an attorney, I didn't feel that I had anything remotely resembling a case in court.
HANNITY: Did you hear anti-Semitic remarks in her office from her or anyone around her?
BURWICK: Sean, I heard the people around her and I heard Ms. McKinney vilify Israel, vilify Israel as an enemy nation, as a nation that was hell-bent on destroying other people. That kind of thing. The people that she surrounded herself with were of the same mindset.
ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: Hey, Michael, it's Alan. Welcome to our show. Were you the only Jewish staffer?
BURWICK: To the best of my knowledge, yes.
COLMES: Did she know you were Jewish before you took off for the holidays?
BURWICK: She did not. No, I never discussed my religious practices.
COLMES: Do you think the minute she found out you were Jewish, she then decided you weren't going to work there anymore?
BURWICK: Alan, I can't make that leap. All I know is that, immediately upon being told that my position was defunded, I received a call from a reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, asking me how I reacted to being fired or terminated or defunded because of the fact that I was Jewish. He had obviously received word from somebody in the office that was privy to those conversations, which I was not.
COLMES: You told Sean a moment ago she said things against Israel and things that they're an enemy state. But did you hear her say specific negative things about Jews — Jews this or Jews that, any comments like that?
BURWICK: Alan, her M.O. is very much as you saw it on election day. What she does is she stays within the framework of her position as a member of Congress and tries to make public policy statements against Israel.
And she surrounds herself with those, like the fellows you saw on the steps of her campaign headquarters, to come out and say what I believe, in my opinion, anyway, what she and her supporters really feel, which is that Jews are the enemy. Jews control the media. Jews control the banks. And it's just like the 1930s all over again.
And you know what, Alan? We have to say enough is enough. It's one thing that she's not going to be returning to Congress next year. I call for her resignation.
There's no place for this in American politics. It seems that the Jewish people are the last socially acceptable, politically correct folks that could be denigrated willy-nilly.
HANNITY: We'll bring you back with Coz Carson and let you debate it. I appreciate your time.
|Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006 - 08:54 am: ||
If true, that's just terrible! No one should ever be fired because of their religion. Hard to believe that's still happening.
I'm left wondering why he ever went to work for her in the first place since it seems like he knew she, her supporters and staff harbored anti-Jewish sentiments.
(Message edited by egantry47 on August 20, 2006)